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Sexual Assault Suspect Arrested At Apartment Building On Sierra Bonita

Detectives from L.A.P.D. Hollywood and West Bureau Division arrested a resident in the 300 N. Block of Sierra Bonita on Wednesday September 24th – sierrabonitasignsuspected of Sexual Assault of two, possibly three women.  sierrabonitacaseThe suspect — Melrose Action learned — was  said to be a 9 year resident in an apartment building on Sierra Bonita.  Apparently victims may, may have been residents of the same building or lured there through ads for apartments for rent.  This same suspect was accused of sexual assault in a older case out of Massachusetts  – but the suspect was ultimately found not guilty, neighbors say. If you have any information that may help this investigation, please contact the L.A.P.D. at 1-877-ASK-LAPD..  More later..

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Pilot Program Will Make It Easier for L.A.P.D. and Animal Services To Issue New Fines for Dogs Off Leash and “Other Quality-of-Life Offenses”

CIMG3329Dog owners beware. Likely starting a month from now, Los Angeles Police and L.A. City Animal Services officers will soon be able to issue new “citations” to people who commit offenses like urinating in public,dumping trash on public streets, or having your dogs off leash on city streets and parks.  Other violations could include drinking in public, using fireworks, and smoking in prohibited areas.

Spearheaded by L.A. City Council member Paul Koretz, the new pilot program called “Administrative Citation Enforcement” gives city departments like the L.A.P.D. and Animal Services the ability to bypass the traditional court related route that would result in court fines and/or appearances.

Koretz told the L.A.Times that officers were usually reluctant to “initiate” court cases for minor offenses hence making it difficult to enforce these Quality-of-life issues. “There is no good appropriate action with teeth,” said Koretz, who proposed the concept for the program which was approved by the council last year. For instance, people can ignore repeated warnings about walking their dogs off leash, he said. “The city just needs a little clout,” Koretz said. “This is one of the most frequent complaints we get: that the city doesn’t enforce its regulation — and it’s true.”

According to the L.A. Times — Under the program, most first offenses would be $250, the second $500 and the third $1,000. Fines for animal-related offenses begin at $100, then increase to $250 and then $500. In each incident, officers can still decide whether to issue a warning, a financial penalty or a criminal case.

The program, which is expected to generate $1.59 million in net revenue annually, still requires final approval from Mayor Eric Garcetti before it can go into effect. It is believed the Mayor will back the measure.

What do you think about this new enforcement?  Please post your comments below.

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Area Video Crime Report For Week Ending 8/30/2014

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FOR THE WEEK ENDING SATURDAY AUGUST 30, 2014. There were 7 reported crimes this week, down from 12 last crime reporting period.  To see crime map Click Here

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT: 300 block N La Cienega Blvd – Saturday, August 23 – 10:30 am
Suspect attempted to stun victim with a stun gun as victim pushed suspect out of a business
-Suspect: Male, other descent, brown hair, brown eyes, 5’10”, 200 lbs, 42 years old

BURGLARY: 800 block N Vista St – Tuesday, August 26 – 12:30 pm
Suspects knocked on front door of residence, when no one answered, suspects smashed rear window with a rock. Suspects fled when they heard occupant inside.
-Suspect 1: Male Hispanic, 6’00”, 215 lbs, 25 to 30 years old
-Suspect 2: Male Hispanic, 5’10”, 160 to 170 lbs, 25 to 30 years old

Burglary: 8000 block Melrose Ave – Thursday, August 28 – 1:45 am
Suspects smashed front glass door of business with a rock, entered, and removed clothing
-Suspect 1: Male Black, black hair, brown eyes, 170 to 200 lbs, 20 to 30 years old
-Suspect 2: Male Black, 170 to 200 lbs, 20 to 30 years old

Theft: La Cienega Blvd / Beverly Blvd -Monday, August 25 – 5:00 pm
Victim left a backpack and keys in the suspect’s vehicle and the suspects drove away
-Suspect 1: Male Black, black hair, brown eyes, 6’00”, 150 lbs, 20 years old
-Supsect 2: Male Black, black hair, brown eyes, 5’08”, 160 lbs
-Suspect Vehicle: Gold 2005 Buick

Theft: 7800 block Melrose Ave -Tuesday, August 26 – 11:50 pm
Suspect grabbed victim’s unattended cellphone from on top of a table

Theft: 7600 block Melrose Ave -Friday, August 29 – 9:00 pm
Suspect removed clothing from inside a business, threw items at employee, and fled with the clothing

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Meeting on Crime and Traffic To Be Held At Corner of Harper and Waring Av. Wednesday

Our second “Meeting At Your Corner” will take place Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 7:15pm at the corner of Harper Avenue and Waring Avenue… The meeting is hosted by the L.A.P.D. Wilshire Station, our L.A.P.D. Senior Lead Officer Art Gallegos, and Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch.

LAPD Wilshire CPThe LAPD Wilshire Mobile Command Post will be on hand along with Command Staff from the station plus officials from Council member Paul Koretz’ office and our local L.A. City Attorney’s Neighborhood Prosecutor.  A member of the L.A.P.D. Traffic Division has been invited to answer concerns about speeding, stop signs, etc.

Click here for Meeting Location on Map

If you have concerns about crime and traffic in our area, please attend this meeting. This is your chance to speak directly to your local police officers and commanders. Check back here for more locations of a “Meeting At Your Corner” soon.Melroseactionmeetingatyourcornerflyer  2

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Shooting at Gardner St & Santa Monica Blvd Tied To Other Shootings & Murders, Killing of Dogs in Valley Rampage

Last Friday August 27th at around 11pm…

The West Hollywood attack was reported at 11 p.m. Friday in 1000 N. Blk. of Gardner Street just south of Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles County (West Hollywood) Sheriff’s officials said.

The Los Angeles Times reported… “On Friday, a couple driving home Friday from Universal City (South on Highland Avenue then turned west on Santa Monica Bl) noticed a tan or gold SUV alongside them, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Bowman said. They briefly lost sight of the vehicle, but later saw the SUV driving behind them with its lights off, Bowman said.

The sheriff’s official statement of the incident is as follows..

“As the victims [then] drove eastbound westbound on Santa Monica Boulevard (from Highland Ave), they lost sight of the suspect’s SUV. As the victims continued to drive, they noticed the suspect’s SUV directly behind them, driving with the headlights off. The victims turned left onto Gardner Street from Santa Monica Boulevard, when the suspect’s SUV drove next to the victim’s vehicle passenger side and fired three rounds from a shotgun. The victims were not injured from the gunfire nor from the shattered glass from the blown out rear window.

The victim’s vehicle sustained significant damage by gunfire which resulted in a blown out rear window and damage to the bed of the truck.”

What’s troubling is that this same suspect has now been linked to several murders and heinous incidents over the past week..

• Wednesday morning,  a 42-year-old woman was seriously wounded as she got off the 5 Freeway in Atwater Village

• Thursday,   Gildardo Morales, 48, was found dead, slumped over the wheel of his truck at a Pacoima intersection after leaving a Home Depot store, his engine still running – for no apparent reason.

• Friday  – the shooting on Gardner and Santa Monica Blvd.

• Saturday – this same suspect is believed to have shot three dogs  – two of which are known dead – in the Pacoima area.

• Sunday –  6 a.m., when a 23-year-old woman was killed and her parents critically injured in San Fernando while they were driving to church in the San Fernando Valley.

• Sunday – At 6:35 a.m., a 29-year-old man walking near the Sylmar Recreation Center was shot and killed. Ten minutes later, a woman — identified by relatives as Gloria Esperanza Tobar, 59 — was gunned down in Pacoima as she was waiting for a friend before church.

The Los Angeles Police Department continued Wednesday to investigate links between a Sylmar man and a series of shootings that left four people dead and several others wounded.

Calling him a  “serial killer,” authorities on Tuesday charged  Alexander Hernandez with murder and attempted murder in some of the cases.

LAPD officials said they believe Hernandez acted alone and was randomly shooting people on local streets and freeways. Investigators have yet to determine a motive, saying Hernandez had been uncooperative with detectives since his arrest late Sunday.

Very scary.

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LAPD Wilshire & Melrose Action Kick Off Meeting At Your Corner Tonight

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ice Department’s Wilshire Station together with Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch will hold it’s first “Meeting At Your Corner” tonight, Wednesday August 27th at 7:30pm.

Residents are encouraged to gather at the corner of Waring Avenue and Curson Avenue and share their concerns about crime or incidents that have occurred in the area.  LAPD Wilshire will be bringing it’s mobile command post vehicle to the area for the meeting. Our newly appointed Neighborhood Prosecutor will also be on hand to answer questions.

On hand will be our Senior Lead Officer Art Gallegos, John Darnell from Council member Paul Koretz’ office, LAPD Wilshire Captain Eric Davis, and others.

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This meeting will be the first in a series that will take place throughout the area over the next few months at various street corners.  The next meeting date and location will be updated soon.

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Area Video Crime Report For Week Ending 8/16/2014

Click in the window above to see our Area Crime Report for week ending 08/16/2014.

Here is the latest LAPD Wilshire Area Crime Report for week ending 08/16/2014. There were 12 crimes reported this week, 7 reported last week.

BURGLARY (2)

We had two home Burglaries – One occurring on Wednesday 11PM @ 400 N. Poinsettia Pl  and the other on Monday August 11th at 7:20am 800 N Stanely…

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (3)

2 Occurred on Fairfax Avenue and 1 on La Brea and Clinton St

BTFV (5) Burglary Theft from Vehicle

* See Area Crime Map

ROBBERY (1)

Melrose Avenue and Martel @ 07:30 Sunday August 10th

GTA (Grand Theft Auto) (0)

THEFTS (1)

Theft – 400 N. Blk Poinsettia Pl –  Friday 08/15/2014

To see this weeks crime map, click here

If you have any information about these crimes, please call the L.A.P.D. Wilshire Detectives Desk at (213) 922-8263

Meeting At Your Corner • Wednesday • August 27th • 7:30p • Waring Avenue and Curson Avenue

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Neighborhood Watch Meeting Plans Announced

Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Station have announced plans for “Meetings at Your Corner”.. The new concept has neighborhood watch meetings being held at various street corners in our coverage area usually on Wednesday evenings during the fall season. Neighbors and merchants around the area of the meeting are encourages to join.  If you feel a “Meeting at your Corner” is needed drop us an email at moc.n1413904114oitca1413904114esorl1413904114em@su1413904114-tcat1413904114noc1413904114.

The location of the first meeting at your corner will be on Wednesday, August 27th at 7:30 pm at the southwest corner of Waring Avenue and Curson Avenue.  Map of location is here.

Download the announcement here.

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Area Video Crime Report 8/02 – 8/09/2014

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Here is the latest LAPD Wilshire Area Crime Report for week ending 08/09/2014. There were 7 crimes reported this week.

BURGLARY (2)

We had two home Burglaries – One occurring on 300 N. Kings Rd just south of Oakwood and the other on 900 N Orlando and Willoughby…

BTFV (3) Burglary Theft from Vehicle

500 N. Hayworth Avenue  – Wednesday – 8/06/2014

Beverly and Hayworth – Saturday – 8/09/2014

700 N. Alta Vista Street – Thursday – 8/07/2014

ROBBERY (0) 

As seen in Area Crime Report Video – Clinton and Sierra Bonita – Tuesday 6/17/2014 – Susp approached victim with a handgun and demanded property. Susp took electronic device and waist bag.

GTA (Grand Theft Auto) (1)

600 Blk. of N. Curson Wednesday 8/09/2014

THEFTS (1)

Theft – Melrose Avenue at Edinburgh –  Tuesday 08/5/2014

To see this weeks crime map, click here

If you have any information about these crimes, please call the L.A.P.D. Wilshire Detectives Desk at (213) 922-8263

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BREAKING: Dead Body Discovered in Parking Lot on 300 N Blk of Fairfax

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We just received word that a body has been discovered in the parking lot next to Canter’s Deli... Not known yet if a homicide, suicide, or…. more later… Updates on our Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/melroseaction.

UPDATE: LAPD Wilshire now says that body discovered in the parking lot adjacent to Canter’s Deli Update: Adjacent to Plan Check Restaurant on Fairfax may have been a local known transient, apparently may have fallen and hit head etc… more later. Found in the 300 N. Block of Fairfax…
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Free Neighborhood Event – National Night Out Coming Up Tuesday August 5th!

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The Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Station and Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch bring you our 7th Annual National Night Out at Poinsettia Park!  It’s Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 at Poinsettia Park (Located Here) from 5pm-8pm. It’s free and all are welcomed!!

• Blu Jam Cafe (Melrose)
• Plan Check (Fairfax)
• Village Idiot (Melrose)
• Hutchinson Cocktails and Grill (Opening This Fall On La Cienega)
• The Oinkster! (On Vine)
• Glow Bio (Balanced Inside Out) – By Kimberly Synder
• Bird N Hand (On Fairfax)
• Blaze Pizza (Farmers Market Grove)
• Eric Greenspans Grilled Cheese (Melrose)
• Just Food For Dogs (Fairfax)
• Pinks Hot Dogs (La Brea)
• Trader Joes West Hollywood
• Free Trees!
• Pet Adoption
• JQ Yoga by Johanna Quintero
• Tailwaggers
• Mid City West
• CERT
• LAPD Wilshire
• LAPD West Traffic
• Melrose Business Improvement District
• Los Angeles Neighborhood Prosecutor Program
• Wilshire Community Police Council
• Target Stores (City Target – Beverly Connection)
• Live DJ Frank Marvel – Marvel Productions
• Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch
• and more to come! Surprise guests!

All items for giveaway are on a first come, first serve basis. All our supporters graciously donate their time and products and we thank them all for their support and efforts!

For more information on National Night Out, please click here

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New Construction Lifts Home Prices, Property Values Continue To Rise

RealEstateBy Joan Fitzpatrick
Area Real Estate Agent

Summer is here and so is our brand new monthly real estate update for the Melrose/Fairfax/Beverly Corridor. I’m thrilled to be writing this new feature for Melrose Action and look forward to sharing more great information in future editions.  Look for my updates around the 1st of each month.

Times are changing…It used to be that west of Fairfax was a highly desirable area to buy a home, but no longer. Current trends are showing that east of Fairfax is really starting to flourish with new restaurants, shops, and new construction. As you are probably aware, there are a number of properties being acquired for re-construction of brand new homes. Currently, there are 20 or more new construction sites around the area and at least five or more remodels underway. In my experience, these new homes will greatly improve the area over time and lift land values overall. These rebuilds are replacing homes that, in many instances, are badly in need of repair and have, in fact, hurt overall home prices rather than help them.

New construction has added $300,000 to $400,000 more for land value alone. It is a huge windfall for the home owners, and unexpected. Builders are paying $1,150,000 – $1,300,000 for land value alone, unprecedented in our area. While some have expressed distaste for the modern architectural lines used in design of some of the new homes, there are some that include a california spanish style as well. These new homes will likely sell for between $2.5 – $3.0 million dollars!! Overall I think the abundance of newly constructed homes will be a long term positive for real estate values and the area in general.

Here’s some data from recently sold homes from January to June 2014. Please note there have been some sold homes not on the MLS (Multiple Listing Service). I’d also like to point out that there are many homes now in escrow and are not listed here.

SOLD PROPERTIES
 
 
 
 
AddressSale PriceBed+BathLot SizeDate Sale
832 N Sierra Bonita$1,222,0003+2 6300 lotSold 6/9/14
823 N Gardner $1,150,0003+2 6503 lotSold 5/16/14
733 N Gardner $1,300,0003+2 6500 lotSold 5/12/14
732 N Fuller $1,291,8753+2 7400 lotSold 5/1/14
720 N Alta Vista Bl $1,190,0004+27699 lotSold 3/26/14
717 N Sierra Bonita $1,239,0003+2 5200 lotSold 4/30/14
642 N Laurel $2,500,0004+5 6531 lotSold 3/31/1
621 N La Jolla $2,965,0004+46549 lotSold 3/7/14
617 N Fuller $3,000,0005+68231 lotSold 1/10/1
607 N Curson $1,280,0002+2 6500 lotSold 5/28/14
560 N Orlando $1,100,0003+25749 lotSold 3/17/14
538 N Harper $2,495,0004+44855 lotSold 3/10/14
514 N Flores $1,218,5003+24587 lotSold 3/7/14
453 N Sweetzer $2,360,0005+5.55855 loSold 4/20/14
414 N La Jolla $2,550,0004+6 6587 lotSold 3/5/14
410 N Alfred $1,899,0004+46965 lotSold 3/24/14
141 N Gardner $1,610,0003+2 5984 lotSold 1/14/14
127 N Gardner $1,340,0003+4 5984 lotSold 2/27/14
122 N Alta Vista Bl $1,789,0003+2 7699 lotSold 2/14/14
HOMES FOR SALE
 
 
 
 
AddressList PriceBed+BathLot SizeNew Construction
360 N Harper$2,950,0004+46145Yes
419 N Laurel$2,395,0006+66553
854 N Orlando$4,495,0003+412432Yes
316 N La Jolla$1,195,0002+ 26549
901 N Laurel$2,749,0005+66602Yes
7658 Willoughby$672,5002+12543
823 N Vista$1,4450007+46204
750 N Fuller$1,149,0003+24400
843 N Genesee$2,600,0004+46500Yes

A brand-new 9 unit apartment building just finished construction at 843 N Fuller Avenue and has just been listed for sale at $6,250,0009. The rental units are offered from $3250 for 2 beds and $4,000 for 3 beds.

Some of you may have heard that a BID (Business Improvement District) has been formed along Melrose Avenue between Fairfax Av and Highland Av. This is a positive for the area and will go a long way in building towards a higher level of retail establishments, hence improving the desirability of the area and property values along with it.

On another note I know many of you are wonderful pet owners like myself. The area of Melrose Village is becoming a popular name for a very walkable, dog friendly area. If you have a pet and are looking for pet friendly apartment space you might try the building at 1030 N. Curson. It allows dogs, and so many pet owners live there. My heart breaks when I hear that so many people have to give up their pets because places of residence won’t allow pets. I think the trend is moving towards more pet friendly living spaces because they don’t do any harm at all, and I speak from experience, as I have rented out my duplex to dog and cat owners for the last 12 years.

Lost and Found: I recently rescued two tiny 1 lb. kittens that were so sick. One lost her eye. The vet bills are no fun, but if it means saving the poor babies and taking them out of their misery – starving on the street, how can we not? They are now fostered, thanks to Eryn Elliot and her quick response in helping me with the rescue. If you are looking for a cat or kitten, please let me know.

Are you curious about income properties in the area? Look for more in our next month’s post along with updates to listings and sales.

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Area Crime Report 6/15 – 6/21/2014

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Here is the latest LAPD Wilshire Area Crime Report for week ending 6/21/2014. There were 12 crimes reported this week, up from 8 last week.

BURGLARY (2)

7600 Blk of Beverly Blvd. – Friday, June 20 – 11:30p – Susp entered business through rear door and removed a safe.
8400 Blk of Beverly Blvd.  – Monday, June 16 – 8:45p – Susp smashed front window of business and removed food items

BTFV (2) Burglary Theft from Vehicle

900 Blk. of N. Alfred St Tuesday 6/17/2014 – Susp smashed window and removed items
300 Bld. of Kings Rd. – Tuesday 6/17/2014 – Susp smashed window and stole computer,money

ROBBERY (1) 

As seen in Area Crime Report Video – Clinton and Sierra Bonita – Tuesday 6/17/2014 – Susp approached victim with a handgun and demanded property. Susp took electronic device and waist bag.

GTA (Grand Theft Auto) (1)

300 N. Hayworth Avenue – Wednesday June 18th 8pm – Susp stole Toyota Prius

THEFTS (5)

7900 Bevelry Blvd  – Monday June 16th – 3:00p – Sus removed wallet from victims purse
8200 Beverly Blvd – Tuesday June 17th – 3:00a – Susp entered office and removed computer
8400 Melrose Ave – Thursday June 19th -11:00p – Susp removed Oven from parking lot
600 N. Laurel Ave – Monday June 16th – 3:00p – Susp removed trash container from construction site.
7300 Willoughby – Friday, June 20th – 3:00p – Susp removed cellphone which victim placed on a nearby bench.

To see this weeks crime map, click here

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Area Crime Report 06/01 – 6/07/2014

The following crime trends are from 6/1/14 to 6/7/14, which included a total of 10 reported crimes.

Burglary/Theft from Motor Vehicle:

On 6/2/14 between approximately 5:45 pm and 8:30 am the next day, a BFMV occurred in the 800 block of N La Jolla Ave. An unknown suspect entered the victim’s locked vehicle by unknown means and removed a cellphone, keys, and instruments. The suspect attempted to start the vehicle and fled.

On 6/5/14 between approximately 9:30 pm and 9:30 am the next day, a BFMV occurred in the 700 block of N Sweetzer Rd. An unknown suspect smashed a window of the victim’s and removed electronic equipment.

On 6/5/14 between approximately 11:30 am and 10:00 am the next day, a BFMV occurred in the 600 block of N Hayworth Ave. An unknown suspect entered the victim’s locked vehicle by unknown meansand removed computer equipment.

Reminder: Don’t Be a Victim of An Auto -Related Property Crime! LOCK IT- A reminder to always lock your vehicle. HIDE IT- If you must leave valuables in the vehicle, hide them from plain sight. KEEP IT- A positive reminder that personal responsibility can safeguard your valuables from theft.
The Top Items Stolen from Vehicles: GPS Devices, Cell Phones/ Chargers, Money, Stereos/ Radios, Documents, Mail and Check books.

Burglary:

On 6/5/14 between approximately 10:00 am and 7:30 pm, a residential burglary occurred in the 700 block of N Alta Vista Blvd. Unknown suspects gained entry through the front door of the victim’s residence, ransacked the location, and removed a laptop, television, and radio.

On 6/6/14 between approximately 4:30 pm and 5:20 pm, a residential burglary occurred in the 300 block of N Crescent Heights Blvd. Unknown suspects gained entry through a side window of the victim’s residence, ransacked the location, and removed computer equipment.

On 6/5/14 between approximately 10:00 pm and 7:30 am, a residential burglary occurred in the 400 block of N Crescent Heights Blvd. Unknown suspects gained entry through the front door of the victim’s residence and fled.

Grand Theft Auto:

On 06/1/14 between approximately 11:30 pm and 8:00 am the next day, a gray 2004 Chevy Silverado was stolen near the intersection of Romaine St and Croft Ave.

Robbery:

On 06/7/14 at approximately 8:10 pm, a robbery occurred in the 400 block of N Fairfax Ave. The suspect approached the victim and began stabbing the victim in the neck with an unknown sharp object. The suspect demanded the victim’s property. The victim gave the suspect his cellphone in fear and the suspect fled. The suspect was described as male, other ethnicity, brown hair, brown eyes, 5’07” tall, between 170 and 180 pounds, between 40 and 49 years old, and had a round face.

Theft:

2 thefts occurred during this reporting period.

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Movietown Plaza is No More. Avalon is What’s Next…Trader Joe’s Back?

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The former location of Trader Joes at the Movietown Plaza located at the corner of Fuller Avenue and Santa Monica Blvd is now gone for good. UPDATE: Traders Joe’s has officially signed a lease to open a brand new store at this location.  Construction will start soon.  Huge project — expect traffic disruptions and added congestion along Santa Monica Blvd. Demolition crews finished cleaning out the final remnants of this 50’s era shopping centre that once housed a Boy’s Market (before Trader Joe’s) a Sav-on Pharmacy right next door and  the Yukon Mining Company Coffee Shop among other small businesses.. ..The question of the hour.. Is Trader Joe’s coming back?  Will they wait 2 years before they reopen in this area?  Now with the loss of their 3rd street and La Brea’s location overflow parking lot, we hear rumblings that they might be looking at space in some of the recently completed developments at La Brea and Santa Monica Bl or Fountain at La Brea… The same architects behind this project were responsible for the Caruso “8500” Development at the intersection of San Vicente and La Cienega Blvds (coincidently houses another Trader Joes) The plan is for 371 apartments to be built on the site with room for a 40,000 sq ft. market space and other retail.(Sprouts Market is going into the La Brea Gateway Development now under construction at La Brea/Willoughby) Project includes underground parking and will rise 5 stories tall over Santa Monica Blvd when finished… Here’s a look at what’s coming to the site in about 2 years or so…
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Bird N Hand Serves Up Fried Chicken Sandwiches And More On Fairfax

birdandhandFAIRFAX  Just South of Oakwood—Bird N Hand is a brand new fried chicken place that opened just recently on Fairfax just south of the popular Plan Check…Adel Chagar is behind this new spot (formally Chameau) If you are a fried chicken sandwich craver you should stop by and taste the Harissa Wings or the Tall Bun Chicken Sandwich… From Yelp..”Adel Chagar was the chef behind the popular Moroccan restaurant Chameau, which never dipped below a 28 food rating in Zagat in its nine years in Los Angeles. He’s decided to take on something new with Bird N Hand, bringing a fun, laid back vibe to the ever changing Fairfax district. Don’t let the menu fool you. The simplicity of fried chicken, wings and waffles doesn’t hold Chagar back from innovating and creating unique, strong and delicious flavors.”

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Is Starbucks Behind New La Boulange Eatery Set To Open On La Brea?

Yep, Northern California favorite La Boulange Bakery is primed to open its doors as a hybrid bakery/restaurant soon at 359 S. La Brea Avenue –

Starbucks acquired the San Francisco bakery chain La Boulange Bakery in 2012, on June 12 will open its first Los Angeles location on La Brea (more are planned of course) Unlike its bakeries (local competitors like Le Pain Quotidien and the newly opened La Brea Bakery) which close by about 7 p.m or so – the La Boulange restaurant will serve dinner up until 10 p.m. The menu includes sandwiches, salads, and omelets and adds such later-in-the-day options as croissant burgers, cocktails, and you guessed it… beer, and wine. It’s easy to see why Starbucks wants to enter the L.A. dinner market.  The  coffee cafe chain largely loses its audience  to competitors such as Panera Bread (no locations around here –yet), which racks up something like 22 percent of its sales during dinner service hours. Starbucks has already announced an “Evenings” menu at its own branded cafes–and will no doubt try to apply any lessons to its new restaurant here.

Check it out – click here for more info… La BoulangeIMG_8304

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Blaze Pizza Opens Farmers Market Location

Not exactly at the Farmers Market but close. Another “build your own pizza with all the toppings you want on it” concept opened its doors at the Farmers Market adjacent complex on Fairfax Avenue just north of 3rd street. Blaze “fast fired” Pizza is the first of these new build your own pizza concepts expanding all over America. A pizza made to your liking will set you back just $7.95 for regular crust and a little more for gluten free.  I tried it and think they are actually pretty decent and definitely worth the price of admission. In Los Angeles proper, 800 Degrees Pizza in Westwood was first to market a Subway Sandwich type build-your-own concept for pizzas. I wouldn’t say these new fast casuals are genius but you gotta ask what took so long for someone to branch away from made to order sandwiches..Chipotle is king of made to order burritos, will Blaze get the pizza crown or will it be …For the exact location click here. For more info on Blaze Pizza click here

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Hearing Planned on Proposed Nursing Care Facility To Be Built on Sierra Bonita Ave.

Deja Vu? Circa 2012 when neighbors were up in arms about a 5000 sq. foot facility proposed for Sierra Bonita Avenue only to be voted down by the city of Los Angeles. Here we go again. Michael Gamburd, believed to be owner of Raya’s Paradise, Inc. is back now proposing to build a 3400 sq ft facility to be located at the same address as in his 2012 proposal (see L.A. Times story here) 846-848 Sierra Bonita Ave. Click Here for Street View. A public hearing notice recently went out to neighbors living within a 500 foot radius of the proposed development. The hearing is set for Wednesday May 28th at 12:00 Noon at Los Angeles City Hall – for map to hearing location Click Here

The public notice states: “The construction, use, and maintenance of a one-story, 3415 square-foot eldercare facility with 12 subterranean parking spaces on a 6512 sq. foot site in the R2-1XL Zone. The proposed facility will be omprised of eight guest rooms for 11 people, 62 years of age or older, and will function as an assisted living Alheimer’s/Dementia care facility. An existing duplex will be demolished as part of the project”..

69795314-1-1What the notice doesn’t tell you is that public records show that Mr. Gamburd already owns the property adjacent to this proposal and recently converted it to what appears to be some sort of care facility as well. Gamburd also owns and operates a Raya’s Paradise facility directly behind these properties and it’s located at 849-851 N. Gardner Street (See Map Click Here) Public records also show that Mr. Gamburd owns another property at 859 N. Gardner St. (See Map Click Here). A growing contingent of neighbors are expressing outrage overthis latest proposal and say that these facilities are nothing more than for-profit 24 hour business operations that ultimately ruin the neighborhood’s character and will only add to more nuisances like traffic, an already maxed-out street parking problem, and emergency services vehicles racing in and out the neighborhood. Some neighbors like the idea of more housing for the elderly and cite recent studies that indicate the elder population as growing and there being a genuine lack of housing, therefore these facilities will fill that void. Opponents counter that argument saying that the Melrose area already has a disproportionate amount of “care” facilities as outlined in this map published by the L.A. Times back in 2012 about this very issue. What’s your opinion? Post your comments below. Please vote in our poll here. Share this story with your neighbors by scrolling down to the “share” menu button below.

 

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Construction begins on La Brea Gateway – Sprouts Market to be a tenant

Have to say this looks pretty interesting.   Check it out.

From Building Los Angeles

“After years of delay, Hollywood’s controversial La Brea Gateway is finally pushing dirt. Located at the northwest corner of La Brea and Willoughby Avenues, the mixed-use development will create 179 apartment units and a 33,500 square foot Sprouts Farmers Market. Designed byVan Tilburg, Banyard & Soderbergh, the five-story building will feature parking accommodations for 463 automobiles and 231 bicycles in an subterranean garage.

photo_lg_1Located at 915 North La Brea Avenue (at the corner of Willoughby and La Brea),the project is being developed by Holland Residential, a subsidiary of the Vancouver-based Holland Partner Group. La Brea Gateway has existed in one form or another since 2005, when it was first envisioned as a seven-story, 219 unit building.That slightly larger version of project, proposed by the Martin Group, drew the ire of an especially vocal group of neighbors ho successfully negotiated the planned building down to its current size. Three years later, work is finally underway, with an estimated completion date of November 2015.

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NIMBY haircuts aside, Holland Residential’s project is really just one example of a broader trend for La Brea Avenue. Historically considered a commercial boulevard, a recent uptick in mixed-use contruction has added over 1000 residential units along the 2.7 mile stretch of La Brea in-between Wilshire and Hollywood Boulevards. The City of West Hollywood has been particularly active in this regard, having recently opened several new residential-retail developments north of Santa Monica Boulevard. The construction boom is also evident further south, near the Miracle Mile, where mixed-use developments are popping up left and right in advance of the coming Purple Line extension.”

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Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network Moves to The Lot Studios on Formosa

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Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Television Network to anchor new space at The Lot Studios

The headquarters for Oprah Winfrey’s television network joins the comedy website “Funny or Die” in the newly constructed Formosa South office tower at The Lot Studios in West Hollywood.

The Oprah Winfrey Network, now based in Los Angeles, plans to move into its new headquarters before the end of this year — an OWN Network spokesman told the Hollywood Reporter.  Relocating to the former site once called the Warner Hollywood Studios – The Lot gives the fledging OWN Network access to on-the-lot production facilities, something they’ve been wanting since the deal fell through to occupy a once rumored build-to-suit studio and office complex at
959 Seward St.  The Lot Studio sits on 11 acres with seven classic sound stages, it’s own modern commissary, old historic office buildings and plenty of postproduction facilities.

More modern office space is planned at The Lot, said Shaul Kuba, founding principal of CIM Group, owner of the property.. Years ago the CIM group revealed plans that where once ok’d by the city of West Hollywood to significantly build up The Lot by tearing down old and antiquated office space. Apparently those plans were overly ambitious and word is that although CIM will continue to develop the property the size and scoop of it’s plans have been pared down.

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Suicide Incident at Waring Av. and Vista St.

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LAPD Wilshire tells us that a man in his 70’s tried to take his own life near the corner of Waring Avenue and Vista St. on  Sunday, April 27 at around 12 noon.  A passerby discovered the victim covered in blood  laying in the grass adjacent to the curb on the southeast corner of Waring Avenue.  It appeared from witnesses at the scene that he had severe cuts to his neck and possibly his wrist area. LAFD paramedics tried to revive him at the scene and then transported him to Cedars Sinai where he was pronounced dead.

LAPD sources say the man was not a transient but would not immediately disclose where he resided. Several neighbors claim the victim was a resident of the area, but this has not been confirmed.

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Melrose Area Crime Map – Week Ending 03/29/2014

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Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese Opens


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World famous Chef/Entrepreneur Eric Greenspan launched his next new “baby” (besides very recently welcoming a real baby) “Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese” has finally opened it’s doors along Melrose Avenue.  Situated between Gardner and Vista St., Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese promises everything from a traditional american grilled cheese to the a-mazing “Buffalo Blue” sandwich or build your own(the “in” thing in fast casual)

Throw in some of the city’s best fries (yeah we like them fries right up there next to The Oinkster and Grill Em’ All) and delicious Latke bites served with apple crème fraiche and this place shines nicely. Sandwiches, soup, salads, desserts, seltzer drinks etc. etc.  We love this place. For more on Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese MenuClick Heregreenspan3greenspan2

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